Carole has provided ERS with invaluable guidance and support through all stages of our journey into employee ownership. She helped us nurture the idea, demystify the process, and grow into our roles in taking the company forward. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and professional approach has kindled trust and confidence, which are essential to reap the benefits of employee ownership, at all levels within the business.
Andrew MacKenzie Managing Director Environmental Reclamation Services Ltd
Carole has been a tremendous asset to Highland Home Carers’ 8 year journey in employee ownership, and continues to be so. A sounding board & adviser to me, a guide to our Board on EO matters, an influence on the EBT trustees in finding their role, the catalyst for the development of a Partner Representative Council. I do not believe we would be in such a strong place as an employee owned company if we had not had the opportunity to utilise her knowledge, experience and commitment
Stephen Pennington, Managing Director, Highland Home Carers
Carole was one of our initial contacts from the Employee Ownership Association and was the one with whom we had most contact during our transition. Carole’s involvement as an integral part of our team in our “Roadshow” programme of presentations to groups of employees in six depots around the North of England was invaluable and above and beyond what we expected. Since those presentations in 2008 Carole has maintained a close contact with the Parfetts business and is very much a friend to the company and to many of us. Her knowledge of and passion for Employee Ownership is second to none.
Steve Parfett, Chairman, Parfetts
Carole Leslie is an essential member of our Senior Executive Recruitment Team. Carole’s background in employee ownership, combined with her experience as a recruitment professional is invaluable to Union Industries’ executive recruitment requirements.
In our search for our new MD in 2013 ,working in conjunction with another senior HR colleague and our Employee council,Carole provided a combination of specialist EO insight and practical HR skills.
We found Carole incisive and thoughtful in her approach to the evaluation and sifting process,all of which resulted in the appointment of a first rate person.
Carole’s easy manner makes her great to work with,and at the same time,disarmingly allows her to sift fact from fiction when speaking with potential candidates.
Paul Schofield, Co-Founder and Trustee Chair, Union Industries Ltd
What Carole brings to her clients is an extremely valuable provenance. She is probably the best informed, most articulate advocate for Employee Ownership in the UK. She has been working right at the centre of this burgeoning sector for 10+ years and has the best established, most extensive connections with the people and organisations who really count – people who have high regard for Carole’s deep knowledge and overview of the sector … people who take notice and who get things done.
J. Mark Dodds, Peoples’ Pub Partnership
Carole has a comprehensive understanding of all of the various aspects of employee ownership. Her ability to present this in straightforward terms very quickly won the confidence and trust of board members and staff, and really helped the consultation process. I have no hesitation in recommending Carole to any business considering employee ownership to gain a clear understanding of what’s involved and the factors to consider
Adrian Grant, Managing Director, The TAS Partnership Ltd
We asked Carole to assist us with some strategic decisions which we were needing to make. Carole guided us through the process and provided some valuable insights which allowed us to make the correct decisions and remarket ourselves. Following Carole’s input we are enjoying higher revenue with higher profits and our team is working – as a team – which was not the case before. We will be asking Carole to help us again every year when we do our business review
Mike Catignani, Chief Executive, Solutions Developed Ltd